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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Ben Kempas
Mon 2 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Brian and Margaret. Maggie, have you applied for full membership yet? It's free but not automatic.


Erin Finicane
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone! I’m Erin, an amateur documentary filmmaker based in Boston. I recently moved from New York where I was interning at Jigsaw Productions and Four Corners Media. I run my own freelance video production and post-production service, which has proved quite successful thus far, but am hoping to transition from the scattered nature of freelance projects to a career in feature-length documentary. I love the storytelling process and believe that documentary offers a unique outlet for knowledge that makes it one of the most important tools for education in the 21st century. I look forward to learning from and participating in the D-Word community.


Wolfgang Busch
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Hello everyone,

I am a cinematographer who is based in Berlin. I like working abroad and have workingexperience in India, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Poland, Spain and USA. I have experience In shooting on Film and Video, HD-Video aswell. I am looking for new contacts, interesting Projekts, and interesting discussions.

You can see my vita and showreels on www.wolfgangbusch.com .

There is also a trailer of the documentary "The ledgend of Shiva and Parvati"


Doug Block
Tue 3 Nov 2009Link

Welcome aboard, Wolfgang. Feel free to plunge right into the discussion topics here.


Christie Strong
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hi everybody,

My name is Christie Strong and I'm a filmmaker currently fundraising for my first doc feature 'Bombshell: The Life of Maria Stinger.' I'm very excited to join a doc-minded community, where I can learn from others and share some of my own adventures :) My website is www.StrongFeatures.com and I'm located in Miami, FL.


Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hi, Christie. Bombshell sounds quite interesting, and I especially like the personal angle. Good luck with that. Feel free to register for full membership here, which will give you access to many more discussion topics.

Edited Wed 4 Nov 2009 by Doug Block

Ben Kempas
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Erin, please don't feel ignored. Of course we're welcoming you as well!


Kellie McClune
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!
My name is Kellie and I'm a college student in Valdosta, Georgia. My major is International Documentary Production, and I'm loving every minute of it!! I've been in love with video and media since I helped my brother film a project when I was 14. I realize I'm still wet behind the ears and have a lot to learn, which is why I am very excited I found this website!! I'm fully open to discussions, advice, and of course making new contacts in this industry.


Sergio Lopez Figueroa
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Hello,
My name is Sergio I live in London and work internationally, my background is in music composition for film. Two years ago I founded Big Bang Lab, a cultural-social enterprise working across Film, Music and Heritage to achieve social change in communities. After a project in Delhi (www.delhi-citysymphony.com) I am looking for production companies to commission the making of documentaries of our projects with young people and the cities.

First I need to pitch to commissioners and get the money!

To learn more about my vision
www.labforculture.org/en/moderators/lidia-varbanova/highlights/57988

or visit any of these websites
http://www.bigbang-lab.com
http://www.vimeo.com/bigbanglab

Edited Wed 4 Nov 2009 by Sergio Lopez Figueroa

Doug Block
Wed 4 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Sergio, and good luck getting that money. It's quite a noble vision you have there. And welcome, as well, to Kellie and, of course, Erin. Sorry to have overlooked you initially.

And thanks again to Michael Rabiger, whose classic book on Directing The Documentary continues to send new folks to The D-Word.


Jill Morley
Thu 5 Nov 2009Link

Hello!

My name is Jill.

During a hiatus from directing my first documentary, "STRIPPED"... (Okay, after my first one, I said I'd never make another one and got sucked into it again) I actually learned how to shoot and edit and started my own production company www.shootingninjas.com. Currently am finishing a film about female boxers, depression and post traumatic stress disorder, called "Fighting It." I am looking forward to connecting with other doc filmmakers and finding some community here.


Doug Block
Thu 5 Nov 2009Link

Great to have you here, Jill. Remember our meeting at DocuClub many years ago, glad to see you've stuck it out.

(Reminder to self: don't say anything even remotely nasty to Jill... ever!)


patricia maresch
Sun 8 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone, my name is Patricia. I'm a documentary filmmaker from Holland, based in Rio de Janeiro. Last year I finished my first doc here. Right now I'm trying to get financing for a new project in a women's prison in Rio. We hope to start shooting in March 2010. If you'd like to know more: www.faveladocumentary.com
I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow filmmakers here.


Doug Block
Sun 8 Nov 2009Link

Greetings, Patricia, and a warm welcome to The D-Word. Best of luck with your film, too.


Stefani Saintonge
Fri 13 Nov 2009Link

How is everyone doing?

My name is Stefani, and I'm an MFA documentary studies student at Hofstra University. Right now I'm trying to spread the word about the program to prospective students and supporters as a graduate assistant under Skip Blumberg. I'm also a novice at film making so learning about more about the doc industry is a must. Hello!


Ben Kempas
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Stefani!


Steve Christolos
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Hi everyone!

My name is Steve and I love making documentaries. :) I'm a former student of the Academy of Art in San Francisco, CA. Recently, I just finished my debut short film, The Sundowner. I'm excited to develop future projects with my producing partner, we're very open minded and willing to help collaborate. Nice to meet you all!


Ben Kempas
Sun 15 Nov 2009Link

Welcome, Enthusiast Steve!


Kristof Bilsen
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Hi Doug,

Kristof again (after a while on d-word again) – I am currently studying at the National FIlm+Television School in UK for the 2 year MA Documentary Direction. Currently I am preparing my subject for this MA
dissertation to be written next year. I am thinking of making a paper about personal documentaries and their influence on the family/relatives. Etc (I just started off) and I might like to interview you about it.
Would that be possible, by skype for example? Just let me know, it is not urgent. regards, Kristof

In the hidden section, my details:

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Edited Mon 16 Nov 2009 by Kristof Bilsen

Doug Block
Mon 16 Nov 2009Link

Welcome back, Kristof. Feel free to email me about setting up a skype intv, but won't have time until I'm back from IDFA.


Heather Ross
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

The sidebar is nagging me to introduce myself, which I clumsily forgot to do when I joined last year. It's GREAT to be here and have input from such a distinguished group of pro doc makers. I recently completed a feature-length doc, GIRLS ON THE WALL, which was a co-production with ITVS (great experience working with them). It just premiered in the city where it was shot, at the Chicago International FF, winning a Special Mention jury prize. The site for the film is www.girlsonthewallmovie.com

In the past I've produced and directed many hours of factual programming for A&E, Discovery, MTV, and am excited to bring what I've learned the hard way on the indie doc trail to new television projects.

Thanks to the hosts for providing this great space.


John Burgan
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

You're welcome, Heather – better late than never...


Marj Safinia
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Hi Heather, and officially welcome. I enjoyed your film. Especially Whitney. What a great character. How's she doing?


Doug Block
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

Congrats on your award, Heather, and thanks for finally outing yourself. Come back often, ok? We've had more than enough silent Heather, especially given all you have to offer. (And love seeing you doing karioke!)


Yogesh Jagam
Tue 17 Nov 2009Link

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